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Debris Types

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Construction & Demolition

This category of waste is very large and most all landfills can accommodate this type of trash. Examples of what qualify for this type of waste are:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Fiberglass insulation
  • Concrete
  • Shingles or other roofing

  • Sometimes different parts of C&D can be recycled, BUT it has to be sorted first. If you are interested in recycling, call us first to discuss if your project includes the following:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Metal

    Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

    The simplest way to describe this category of waste is "trash." It can take many forms, and it can be the most expensive to dispose of since the landfills that it goes to have to be lined according to EPA specifications and continuously monitored.

    However, despite the large variety of items that are included in municipal solid waste, not everything can be excepted in this category. Hazardous material is never included in this category.

    The most common list of items we encounter that contaminate MSW loads and must be avoided are:

  • chemicals
  • wet paint
  • tires
  • refrigerants
  • appliances
  • electronics

    Green Waste

    Green waste is typically composed of branches, smaller-limbs, yard clippings that can be composted. Landfill operators typically do not want green waste included in either C&D or MSW loads which can present a challenge for some residential clean-up projects which typically sometimes have with yard clean-up.

    Another category sometimes referred to as Green Waste is land clearing projects. Since these type of projects frequently involve stumps, larger sections of trees and partial loads of rock and soil, they may not qualify for certain green waste disposal sites and must be routed separately.

    If you have a load of green waste or land clearing call us to discuss the best disposal options and make sure it is not mixed in with C&D or MSW.

    Concrete, Asphalt, Brick & Block

    These materials are sometimes referred to as "inert" if they are uncontaminated. The two basic facts that are relevant to their disposal are:

  • They are very, very heavy and dense compared to most debris types, and
  • sometimes they can be recycled

  • These two properties when taken together can present both opportunities and some other impacts to the project.

    The Recycling Opportunity

    The opportunity to recycle is great for the environment and can be beneficial for your project budget too, but make sure we talk about it first since there are important details that may impact your project in other ways. For example, recycling involves making sure that the entire load is "clean" and does not contain any contaminates.

    Impact to your projects

    Since these debris types are very heavy, they are typically loaded with machines like a skid-steer tractor (Bobcat), excavator, or front-end loader, and this makes the choice of a 20-yard dumpster clear. This combination of equipment presents the following situation

  • Because the material is so dense and heavy, 20-yard dumpsters can only be filled 1/2 way
  • Placement is key - placing the dumpster so that it can be hauled away and that the equipment operator can access the dumpster requires planning
  • Any debris type that is targeted for recycling must be "clean" of contamination and other debris type and cannot
  • Sorting debris on-site can be time-consuming, but can significantly reduce the cost of disposal since these materials are so heavy
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